University of Brighton2016 League Table Ranking 76
2016 Overall Score 607
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- The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
- Since being granted university status in 1992 the University of Brighton has grown steadily. Today it has more than 20,000 students and runs over 200 undergraduate courses.
- The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) ranked Brighton in the top 25% of UK universities for its world-leading research impact.
- Over the years, the university has built close partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies.
Location and Transport
- The university has campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.
- Wherever you’re based, you’ll be close to the beach and the countryside, with easy access to London and mainland Europe.
- Brighton is just an hour from London. Sandwiched between the sea and the beautiful South Downs, this colourful and creative city is a great place to be a student.
- Eastbourne is considered the sunniest place in the UK. Forty minutes along the coast from Brighton, the town offers affordable high street shopping, theatres, art galleries and excellent sporting facilities.
- Hastings is a historic and beautiful town with a vibrant arts and live music scene. An hour from Brighton, this busy town is home to a close-knit community of students.
- Entry requirements vary. Specific entry requirements for each course can be found on the University of Brighton website.
- The university operates a flexible admissions policy – this means that when assessing students’ potential, their exam grades are considered alongside a range of other factors, such as family background, work experience and personal circumstances.
The 20,700 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:
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- Most of Brighton’s 200 undergraduate courses have a lot of flexibility in them. Optional modules allow students to tailor their learning to their interests and ambitions.
- Many courses in the same subject area share first year modules – enabling students to try out different areas before deciding on their final degree path.
- Most courses include the option of taking a work placement. Students come back from placements with contacts, confidence, experience and even job offers.
- There are opportunities to study abroad through a range of exchange agreements with partner universities in the EU and beyond.
- The university’s online learning environment, studentcentral, provides opportunities to study from home.
- The university has received five National Teaching Fellowships and staff combine professional practice with teaching and research activity.
- Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, and its Initial Teacher Education provision was rated 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted inspection.
- Brighton’s strengths in art and design have been recognised in the award of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design.
- In 2014 the Brighton Students Union Excellence Awards received over 1,100 nominations from students wanting to acknowledge the contribution of staff.
- Brighton has been recognised for producing research of 'world-leading quality' which has 'outstanding impact' by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF).
- 92% of research is rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact it makes (REF 2014).
- The REF rated Brighton as a top 5 university for world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies and a top 10 university for world-leading research impact in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
- Over the past five years, the university has invested £8.8 million in research initiatives.
- More than £100 million has been invested in the past 10 years on the equipment and buildings students use every day.
- Brighton’s professional focus means that it has some learning facilities that you might not expect, such as a radio station, newsroom, podiatric hospital, flight simulator, real-time trading room, human movement laboratories and a dispensing pharmacy.
- Students have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide wi-fi and Studentcentral – the university’s online learning environment.
- 100% of Brighton’s undergraduates are able to do assessed work-related learning as part of their course.
- 88% of graduates are in employment or study within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey 2012–13).
- Work placement companies include American Express, British Airways, Channel 4, IBM, the NHS, Nike and Rolls Royce.
- Many of courses are accredited by professional organisations. This may mean that students are licensed to practise (eg as a nurse), are eligible to apply for membership of a professional body, or are exempt from professional exams.
- Partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies contribute to course development and teaching.
- Students can develop their employability skills through career forums, mentoring, entrepreneurship and volunteering schemes.
- If you have a disability or a long-term health condition, the Disability and Dyslexia Team will make sure you have equal opportunities to take part in all aspects of student life.
- The kind of support offered is individual to you and includes ensuring teaching staff understand the impact that some conditions may have on your ability to study.
- There are over 100 student-run societies and students are free to invent virtually any society that you can think of. Societies can be cultural, political, religious or course-related.
- The students’ union create an events programme each year, from cinema and club nights to black-tie balls, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Christmas.
- Democratically elected officers have responsibility for each area of the student experience: democracy, wellbeing, academic, campus and community, and activities and events.
- With over 60 sports clubs, you're bound to find something new to try at the University of Brighton, whether you want to compete, keep fit or just have fun.
- Sports facilities include swimming pools, gyms, sports halls and football pitches.
- The Parklife programme of sport and exercise has sessions in everything from judo to futsal, trampolining to zumba.
- Brighton also supports elite athletes through sports scholarships, a sports science consultancy unit and its status as a satellite centre for the English Institute of Sport.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- The £23-million Huxley Building at the Moulsecoomb campus opened in 2010 and houses the majority of the university’s work in pharmacy and biosciences.
- A £7.6-million sports centre opened at the Falmer campus in 2010.
- The £7.5-million, six-floor building at Priory Square in Hastings provides a new 160-seat lecture theatre and a suite of laboratories supporting science courses.
- £27 million has been spent on new halls of residence and support facilities at Varley Park – a further phase of redevelopment costing £13.5 million is under way.
- The Cockcroft building at Moulsecoomb is undergoing a £29-million sustainable building refurbishment, creating new teaching facilities and social spaces.
- The university is also planning a £23-million academic building and £40-million of student accommodation on the Preston Barracks site in Moulsecoomb.
- In central Brighton, a £8-million project is under way to expand facilities for the College of Arts and Humanities.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- There is plenty of part-time work available and the Careers Service helps students find the right job to fit around their studies.
- The vacancies service advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
- Careers counsellors give practical help with CVs, applications and preparing for interviews.
- Kate Allenby MBE – Director of Fencing for the 2012 Olympics
- Dr Gary Brickley – British Paralympic cycling team coach
- Mandy Chessell – Computer scientist and IBM Master Inventor
- Norman Cook – DJ, musician and producer
- Ben Cooper – Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
- Harvey Goldsmith CBE – Performing arts promoter
- Emily Gravett – Children's book illustrator and author
- Dr Steve Ingham – Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport
- Natasha Khan – Musician, Bat for Lashes
- Sue Law – Head of Equality & Child Protection, Football Association
- David Stone – Gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclist
- Julien Macdonald OBE – Fashion designer
- Mark Power – Magnum photographer
- J.C. Reid – Managing director of Skint Records
- Dr Chris Shambrook – Sports psychologist for GB rowing team at London 2012
- Keith Tyson – Artist and Turner Prize winner 2002
- Martin Webb – Entrepreneur and TV business mentor
- Jo Whiley – DJ and TV presenter
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